What is Fostering?

Fostering is looking after babies, children or young people who are in need of a safe, stable family environment. Foster carers receive a generous fostering allowance, expert training and ongoing support from their local National Fostering Group team.

The wellbeing of children

In a nutshell, fostering provides a full-time, safe and nurturing family environment for children and young people in need. Foster carers, also known as foster parents, invest a great amount of time and energy into the wellbeing of a child or young person.

  • Placements might be short term or long term.
  • Our foster carers qualify for a generous fostering allowance to help them provide their foster children with stability and security.
  • Fostering requires flexibility, patience and understanding.
  • You’ll have a comfortable home with a bedroom for the exclusive use of your foster child.
  • You’ll love working as part of a wider National Fostering Group team, which will give you essential support.
  • You’ll embrace training as a way to achieve the best outcomes for you, your family and the child in your care.

My foster carer is like Andy from Toy Story - Andy never gives up on Woody and my carer never gives up on me.

Jack, aged 10.

National fostering with local impact

Fostering is an important undertaking. As one of the UK’s most experienced agencies, we’ll support you every step of the way – starting with your application to become a carer.

All our local fostering services have been rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, so you can see how committed we are to ensuring a positive and reassuring foster care experience for you and your foster child.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We’re 14 close-knit independent fostering agencies
  • Over 3,500 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers